Cultures of Gift-Giving

As an eager young freshman at the University of Rochester, I had my heart set on a degree in Anthropology and enrolled in Anthro 101 my first semester. To this day, it stands out as one my favorite classes in college, and I continue to believe that Anthro 101 should be a required class for …

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Learning to Live in a Joint-Family System

Living with my in-laws during this Pongal trip has meant experiencing the joint-family system first-hand. It is a way of life that is so foreign to the individualistic, capitalistic society of the United States, and though I can appreciate the values of communal living and tend to disavow individualized capitalism in principle, the practice of …

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Sapatingala? Food culture in South India (Part 1 of 2)

Food is an incredibly important part of Indian culture, partially evidenced by the fact that Indian food is one of primary gateways to Indian culture abroad. I mean, if you ask the average America what they know about India, one of the first things they’re likely to comment on is the food. And, fittingly, food …

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